March 3, 2011
It's time to take our campaign in Wisconsin to the next level: Offense!
Today, we're launching a powerful new TV ad in Wisconsin against Gov.
Scott Walker and the Republicans. With your help, we can put it on TV
day after day until Republicans cave.
Can you take a look -- and contribute $20 to help us
It's real Wisconsin.
Teachers. Secretaries. Electricians. All standing up and
speaking about the impact this budget would have on them and their
Watch the ad and please contribute $20 right
now to keep the ad on the air as long as possible.
This isn't the only way we're turning up the heat on Wisconsin Senate
Together with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, we're pulling
out all the stops to back up the people of Wisconsin and protect middle
Yesterday, we launched robo-calls in the districts of five Republican
state senators, asking voters whether they would support recalling their
senator from office for supporting Gov. Walker's war on working
families. That's over 50,000 in-district calls and the response has been
Now this ad will continue to turn up the heat on Governor Walker and all
the Senate Republicans just as recent polls are already showing their
support declining and their negative's climbing.
This new TV ad may be our best ever. Please take a look and contribute $20 right now to keep
it on TV.
Thank you for taking action today to stop the war on working families.
March 1, 2011
Wisconsin Teacher Records Robo-call
Targeting Republican Senators Vulnerable to Recall
Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for
America launched joint robocalls in the districts of five Republican
state senators three immediately vulnerable to a recall plus Senate
President Michael Ellis and Sen. Dale Schultz (SD 17), who are
vulnerable in a year.
In the robocall to 50,000 voters, New London school teacher and PCCC
member Aimee Auer holds Republican senators accountable for supporting
Governor Walker's attacks on working families and asks voters whether
they would be open to recalling their local senator. The PCCC and DFA
have over 45,000 local members in Wisconsin who could be mobilized
around such a recall.
Auer is a constituent of Sen. Luther Olsen (SD 14). Other senators whose
constituents are getting calls are Sen. Dale Schultz (SD 17), Sen.
Robert L. Cowles (SD 2), Sen. Dan Kapanke (SD 32), and Sen. Mike Ellis
"Here in Wisconsin we are sending a message to our Republican senators,"
said Ron Biendseil, a Democracy For America member from Middleton. "We
will not be bullied by Gov. Walker's unfair attempt to attack workers
and take away our rights -- and if the Republicans go along with Walker,
they will be looking for new jobs sooner than they think."
The transcript of one of the calls, which will run this week, is
See robocall here: http://bit.ly/eXTBYL
Hi, this is Aimee -- a school teacher from New London. I'm calling from
the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America with
a quick question.
Governor Scott Walker, Luther Olsen and other Republican politicians
just gave 117 million dollars to corporations in tax cuts. And now they
are asking underpaid teachers and nurses to pay for it. That's just
Republicans are also trying to take away the right of people like me to
negotiate for fair pay and benefits.
Our Senator, Luther Olsen is one of them.
Some voters are talking about recalling him from office and replacing
him with someone else. Press 1 if you would be open to recalling him if
he keeps this up. Press 2 if you wouldn't be.
Great. Thank you! If you want to help, the best thing you can do is join
thousands of Wisconsin voters and call your state Senator. We're
telling him to stop supporting Governor Walker's attacks on working
families -- and if he doesn't, a recall is on the table.
To be connected to his office, press "1" now. If you cant call right
now, press 2."
Thanks for your time. This call has been paid for by the Progressive
Change Campaign Committee [phone] and Democracy for America [phone]. Not
authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
ABOUT PROGRESSIVE CHANGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) elects
bold progressive candidates to office and advocates for progressive
policy issues. It has over 700,000 members -- including nearly 22,000 in
ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA
Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action
Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots
powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from
the bottom-up including over 25,000 in Wisconsin
for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com,
and not authorized by any candidate.
February 28, 2011
DFA to Host Live Web Call
with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Nancy Altman from Social Security Works to
Discuss Progressive Budget Strategy
With Short Term Compromise
to Extend Budget Deadline, Progressives Strategize on How to Pass a
Budget that Protects the Middle Class
WHAT: Live call with DFA members, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Nancy Altman,
Co-Director of Social Security Works to strategize on budget in next few
WHEN: Tues. March 1 at 8PM EST
CALL IN NUMBER: 1-877-669-3239
Access Code: 314 506 617
Republicans taking a slash-and-burn approach to vital programs that
will create jobs and support working people, it is critical right now to
make sure that the Senate passes a responsible budget," said Sen.
Sherrod Brown. "While it appears that a government shutdown
is not imminent, we must use this time to make sure the budget does not
protect wealthy corporate interests at the expense of middle class
ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic
Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA
is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the
Democratic Party from the bottom-up.
for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com,
and not authorized by any candidate.
February 18, 2011
A message from DFA Chief of Staff, Mia Moore:
I'd like to introduce you to my mom, Dee.
As a speech pathologist with the Milwaukee Public Schools, she helps
kids learn how to talk. Sometimes these kids struggle because of a birth
defect, sometimes it's because the kids have special developmental
needs. In more than 35 years, my mom's helped over 700 kids, devoting
herself to figuring out exactly what each child needs to learn how to
talk and then patiently working with them day by day and week by week.
Each time we chat, she's got a new story about one of the kids she's
working with and the progress he's made. And she absolutely lights up
when she tells it, I can hear it through the phone.
Please stand with my mom and thousands more like her in
our virtual march in solidarity with Wisconsin's unions.
Governor Walker's attacks on hard-working, devoted teachers like my mom
are outrageous, teachers' salaries are not the reason the state of
Wisconsin has a budget crisis. And his actions have driven teachers'
morale to the lowest it's been since my mom's been working with
Milwaukee Public Schools.
My mom wrote me last night to say thanks to DFA for supporting
Wisconsin, and I wanted to share her gratitude with you. It's been a big
boost to her and her friends.
For 25 years, her teachers' union has accepted wage increases that
barely match the rate of inflation in order to maintain quality health
insurance and pension benefits when they retire. They've negotiated in
good faith with their school board and Governor Walker is now using
dictatorial tactics to wipe it away.
We can't let this happen. Please join the march and stand in solidarity with my
Thanks for everything you do.
Mia Moore, Chief of Staff Democracy for America
February 16, 2011
Talking Points Memo reports that at a press conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner was
asked a rather obvious question based on this point:
If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in
discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most
immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be
slashed as their agencies pare back.
You know what his answer was?
"So be it."
Yup, that's right. If the Republican budget cuts cost Americans their
jobs, the Republican response is "so be it."
It's time for progressives to offer a real alternative. America
needs to know what we stand for, what makes Democrats different from
Republicans, and our vision for moving America forward.
Join me in calling on Democrats to fight for a progressive
budget that has no cuts to vital programs, invests in jobs, and makes
the rich and corporations pay their fair share.
ADD YOUR NAME NOW
The budget fight is just beginning and it's going to be a big one.
Republicans are claiming they'll shut the government down if they don't
get their way. They're willing to cost even more Americans their jobs --
just so Republicans can make a political point in an attempt to hold
What Republicans don't understand is if Democrats stand together, we'll
win this fight.
The majority of America is on our side.
1) NO CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS
Americans don't want cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare,
and others that keep seniors out of poverty and helps the struggling
Republicans are even going after the WIC program which provides
supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for
low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants
and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Are they serious? I guess, if more babies die in America because of lack
of food, John Boehner's response will be "So be
2) INVEST IN JOBS
Americans want strategic investments in jobs and job creation because
and getting more people back to work is actually the best way to reduce
the deficit. The President said it best when he unveiled his suggested
investments in job creation earlier this week: "We also have a
responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to
preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our
time. We do this by investing in and reforming education and job
training so that all Americans have the skills necessary to compete in
the global economy. We do this by encouraging American innovation and
investing in research and development -- especially in the job-creating
industries of tomorrow such as clean energy. We do this by rebuilding
America's infrastructure so that U.S. companies can ship their products
and ideas from every corner in America to anywhere in the world."
3) EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE
Middle class Americans and the poor are sick of carrying all the weight
when Washington talks about "shared sacrifice." It's time to make sure
that every American pays their fair share and that means repealing the
tax cuts for the rich and ending big business subsidies to industries
already making millions in net profits.
We must fight to end government subsidies to companies who like
Exxon/Mobil have record breaking profits while paying next to nothing in
ADD YOUR NAME TODAY
This will be a fight and we won't get everything we want -- but we
absolutely must fight. Because win or lose, Americans must see Democrats
fighting for them in Washington.
It's time to stand up and expose Republicans for caring more about
defeating Obama than creating jobs. And if exposing Republicans for who
they are costs Speaker John Boehner
his job, then so be it.
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